Monday, March 4, 2013

Khaki Campbell ducks can fly!

We have Khaki Campbell ducks. They are well known as excellent egg layers, but I'm often asked if my ducks can fly. They can. I was actually told once that I was wrong and that they can not fly. (hmmmm) Now I've dodged flying ducks enough to know whats happening above my head, but I understand where some confusion may come in. After all, many people are familiar with the Pekin duck. If you're not...it's that big, fat, white "Donald duck" looking guy. Except they usually don't wear hats and shirts, but I digress. Those ducks are a cross breed created for a good sized meat bird. Meat birds seldom get off the ground! They just have too much weight to them. They cannot fly. 

Can Khaki Campbell ducks fly?

Khaki's however, are much lighter and while they can be used for meat they do make for a smaller dinner then the Pekin. They only get to be about 3-5lbs full grown. They are pretty much all brown, from their feet to their heads. This breed was developed in England at the turn of the 20th century. They are a cross breed between Rouen, Mallard and Runner ducks. On average, the females lay 300 eggs per year.

 Since my trio of Khaki's is so darn predictable, I decided to post a little clip on our YouTube channel to show that yes, they do fly. In fact, they fly quite well.




~L

7 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! I absolutely LOVE our Khaki Campbell's!!! Thanks for showing the " know- it-all's" they don't, in fact, know EVERYTHING! :)

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    1. Khakis are great ducks, aren't they? I know some people have ducks that don't fly, but it was driving me nuts when people would tell me that my ducks can't fly! lol

      ~L

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    2. I agree with you our Campbells are quite strong flyers and I love to watch them the 'experts' sometimes don't know everything.I enjoyed your video and nice to know that our Cumbrian birds in NW England have happy healthy relatives on the other side of the Atlantic.

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  2. Will they migrate? I have 3 mallards and one Khaki.

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  3. Trying to get khakis but don't want to order 16 of them, I only need 4 - 6..

    Can't find any locally.. ideas?

    Itsbob@hotmail.com

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    1. Hmmm, not sure. Have you tried Holderead waterfowl? I think they do small orders.

      Where are you located?

      ~L

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